Nigerians have taken the #EndSARS protest to the Police Headquarters in Abuja, the Nation’s capital.
The protest which is demanding an end to brutality and extra-judicial killings by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) also took place in other States including Lagos, Edo, Kwara, and Imo.
In Abuja on Thursday, October 8, 2020, the protesters were led by Human Rights activists, Deji Adeyanju and Aisha Yesufu, and the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.
Channels TV reports that the campaigners sat on the Shehu Shagari Way, shouting ‘EndSARS,’ while paralysing vehicular movement.
They also wielded placards with the same inscription and poured red paints on the floors to signify the blood of victims of extrajudicial killings.
In Lagos State, the protesters were joined by music artistes and celebrities including Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz; and pop star, Runtown; Tiwa Savage, Paul of Psquare, Jaywon, Dremo, This is Wurld and popular Dj Spinall.
In Benin City, Edo State’s capital, youths from various groups including Coalition of Youth Groups, Civil Society Of Nigeria, and National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) marched in a peaceful protest and called for an end to harassment by members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
The youths converged on Ring Road, marched to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat in the State, and later moved to the Edo State Police Command Headquarters to express their agitations.
Also in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, the protesters occupied the entrance to the Government House carrying various placards.
Channels TV reports had it that in Imo State, the protesters were dispersed with teargas by the Officers of the Imo State Police Command.
The protesters before they were dispersed gathered around the popular Imo State University junction in Owerri, the Imo State capital, carrying placards with various inscription and chanting solidarity songs.
The Commissioner of Police in Imo State, CP Isaac Akinmoyede, while reacting said, the Police were trying to do their job in preventing any breakdown of law and order in the State as the actions of the protesters were already disturbing free flow of traffic.
He, however, condemned the action of the DPO who was seen harassing the protesters with his gun, noting that disciplinary actions will be taken against the Officer.